This past weekend the 3rd race in the Durango Performance Center 4CCX Series took place up at Fort Lewis College. Conditions were epically CX with 24 hours worth of rain on the course and some light snow the morning of. Robert Kyper (DWC) took advantage of a mishap by Mike Hurst (Carver’s) in the last corner to take the win in the Men’s 3/4 race. Steve Lamont (DWC) grew a gap the entire race to take the Men 50+ category. Kenny Wehn (Stan’s NoTubes) held off his own teammate Michael Carroll (Stan’s Masters) and Jon Delacey (DWC) to dominate the Men 35+ group. Sofia Gomez Villafane (FLC) and Brittany Clawson (FLC) created a gap in the first off-camber section that they never relinquished to 3rd place Sarah Sturm (Bear Development) and 4th place Brianne Marshall (Tough Girl) to take 1st and 2nd in the Open Women category. Matt Shriver (Trek CXC) overcame an early mishap to ride through the group containing Ben Sonntag (ClifBar), 2nd, Keegan Swenson (Cannondale), 3rd, and Mike Wilk (3D Racing), 5th, to take the win while Ned Overend (Specialized) rode through the entire field to take an impressive 4th place. Photos from the race can be found on the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page, like it. Results from all of the races and the overall series points can be found at the Durango Performance Center 4CCX page on this blog: http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/4ccx. The next race in the series is Saturday December 7th at FLC.
Saturday November 16th in Cortez Colorado saw the second race in the Durango Performance Center 4CCX Cyclocross Series. Friday evenings rain storm gave the course our first cross like conditions and the racers rejoiced. The B men, 50+ and Open Women toed the line first and got the brunt of the goose greese and sticky mud, but a few laps in and the course was running fast and fun. Carmen Small took the win for the open women with FLC’s Brittany Clawson taking second after a fast last lap that moved her in front of Brianne Marshall in 3rd place. The B men had a great battle up front with FLC teammates Garrett Alexander and Adam Digby going 1-2 and Durangoan Vic Rudolph in 3rd. Jack McManus took the 50+ win with Steve Lamont of the DWC and Cortez’s Steve Colford rounding out the top 3.
In the A Mens race, former FLC Coach Matt Shriver took the win after early leaders Keegan Swenson and Ben Sonntag each crashed out in the sand barriers while leading. Cannondale and FLC Alumni Ben went on the finish 2nd with fellow FLC Alumni Mike WIlk taking 3rd. In the Mens 35+ race Michael Carroll returned to form taking the win for Stans No Tubes. Fellow DWCers Jon Delacey and Jens Neileson going 2-3.
A big thanks go out to the set up crew as they were out in the storms setting up course and also the Cortez crew led by Cortez Marketing manager Amy Fair. Good stuff and look forward to this weekend race at FLC.
2013 Dolores Cross Results
Fun stuff in Dolores last weekend! Thanks to the Cilclistas Del Rio for the good course and atmosphere.
This Saturday we head to Cortez for the 2nd stop in the Durango Performance Center Cyclocross Series at Parque de Vida in Cortez. From Durango – West on 160 through Mancos and onto Cortez, once in Cortez turn right at the Taco Bell (Roger Smith Blvd.) and continue north to Cortez Rec Center and left into the lot. Registration opens at 8:30am and the cost is $25 – no USA Cycling license required). 10am is the start time for Men B, Open Women and Men 50+ – 11am is the start for Men A and Men 35+. Please use your same number for the whole series and this weekend they can again be on the right.
On Saturday nights following all the CX races the Irish Embassy pub is proud to host post race gatherings. Rally your crew and head down there to swap race stories. If you mention Cyclocross they will donate a portion of your bill to FLC Cycling.
Happy Cross Weekend!
Thanks again to Durangoan Dale Ellis for this fin Canvas Team Tent. Cant wait to use it again in Boulder this January!
Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready to start your engines. This weekend kicks off the Durango Performance Center Cyclocross Series with Dolores Cross.
Four of the races in the series are USA Cycling sanctioned and therefore all racers will either need an annual USAC license or if doing an Open race or the B (Cat 3/4) races you can purchase a 1-day license for $5 – Collegiate licenses will not work.
For this weekend the times are, 12noon – Men B (Cat 3/4) and Open Women, 1:45pm – Men A (Cat 1/2/3.)
At the races in Dolores, Cortez and Aztec, all FLC Cyclists will be responsible to pay your entry fees ($25) as these races are fundraisers for local non-profits and put on by the respective communities. That means you don’t have to wear your FLC kit – but’d really like it if you can. For the Cortez and Aztec races we will have a small contingent of you that can help the locals set up the courses (the afternoon before and morning of) and can get entry fees waived – let coaches know if you are interested in that. The Dolores folks are asking if all Skyhawk Cyclists can help tear down the course after the A men race this weekend – if we all help them it’ll take about 30 minutes to get it all done.
FLC is not providing transportation to any of the non-FLC races so all y’all will have to carpool, etc.
For the 4 FLC races on the schedule – if you are a dues paying club member and participate in course set up and break down, you will not have to pay entries for any of those races – but that means actual work, not running around using step-in stakes as javelins. If you don’t have a USAC annual license for these you’ll have to buy a one-day. Please wear your FLC kit. If you choose not to work then you will have to pay the $25 entry fee.
The December 14th race is a huge one as we are working on getting it televised locally on IDTV and maybe even live on the net. We are going to ask all of you to rally up your schoolmates, friends, etc. to come spectate at his one as it will be a sweet showcase. The start times are later in the day – 2pm and 3pm to try to bring more folks in.
The start times for all of the races except for Cortez and Dolores are:10am – Men Cat 3/4, Open Women, Men 50+11am – Men Cat 1/2/3, Men 35+
Sat. Nov. 9 – Dolores CX – USAC
Sat. Nov. 16 –Cortez CX
Sat. Nov. 23 – FLCCX – USAC
Sat. Dec. 7th – FLCCX – USAC
Sat. Dec. 14th –FLCCX – USAC
Sat. Dec. 21st – Aztec
Sat. Jan. 4 - FLCCX
The sun came out again today in the southern reaches of the Appalachians at Beech Mountain, which just happens to be the highest town east of the Mississippi. The elevation boded well for the Skyhawks as they gave a go at a new event at USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, the Team Relay. The format has been used before at the last few World MTB Championships and made for some great action.
The simplest way to describe the team relay is it is like the 4×400 relay in track and field, but the difference is that it is coed with female student athletes doing the same amount of laps as the men. FLC toed the line with Lauren Catlin, Garrett Lundberg and was anchored by Payson McElveen. Each team had it’s own strategy to which gender were to ride which lap. The Skyhawks started off with Lauren taking the first lap and she did a great job by being the first women to cross the line, but the teams with men had a pretty good cushion going into the second lap. Garrett Lundberg then took over and rode FLC right back into contention by passing quite a few riders to put FLC into 2nd crossing the line for the 3rd lap. Lauren then did another lap and 40+ time national champ Coryn Rivera of Marian threw down a gauntlet of speed that left even many of the men in her wake. Payson then took over with FLC in third place, shadowing Kerry Werner of host school Lee’s McRae up the initial climb. McElveen had something left in the tank though and with a jet-like burst flew by Werner on the longer, steeper second climb to bring home the Silver medal for the Skyhawks.
Next on the days docket was the Dual Slalom and with the team competition being a tight race between FLC, Marian and Lee’s McRae, was sure to be one of the most exciting events of the weekend. The Skyhawk gravity riders did a great job of qualifying for the race by all getting in the top half of the field which means that they wouldn’t have to race each other in the first round (Brittany Clawson-3rd, Sage Kitson-5th, Becky Gardener-8th – Phil Cowan-5th, Brain White-7th, Zach Graveson 8th, Michael Sampson-10th, Adam Digby 13th) – altogether, 32 men and 16 women made the cut. All of the FLC riders made it through the first round of racing and all but one male student athlete made it to the second. Graveson and Digby were the first Skyhawks ousted and finished 12th and 18th respectively – what that means is that FLC had 3 riders each in both the men’s and women’s final 8 riders and FLC was assured of getting a good amount of points towards the team omnium. Becky Gardner then had to go up against the top female qualifier and after some very close racing succumbed and ended up 8th. It was the same story for Sampson who also ended up 8th but impressively he made it that far on the same bike he rode in the endurance events. Next up for FLC was Sage Kitson, who was racing the fastest qualifier and in the second run went down hard in the middle of the course – medics were on site quickly, carting her off to the medical facility, but she returned to the hill fairly quickly considering she broke a rib and suffered a major contusion to her right knee – based off her qualifying time she ended up an impressive 5th. Next up was Brian White and he fought hard but ended up losing the two-run race by .05 seconds. The left only the soon to be married FLC duo of Phil and Brittany. Phil had to race against the second fastest qualifier, who is also a professional BMX racer, but held his own to apparently win the first run but an official on the hill called down to say his tire crossed the gate (he swears it didn’t and the official was on the wrong side of the course to see it, but protesting failed). Phil put in a huge effort on the second run and ended up winning it but couldn’t overcome the 1.2 automatic deficit for missing the gate on the first run. That meant he went to the race for 3rd and 4th and he took care of business to bring home the Bronze. That left Brittany as the only FLC rider to make the finals and she was going up against a BMX Olympian from Marian. The Knight took the first run by 2 tenths of a second but all day Brittany said she was saving her fastest run for when it mattered – and indeed she did by winning the second run by enough of a margin to bring home the second Gold medal for the Skyhawks on the weekend!
Another event that finished up Sunday was the individual omnium where riders compete in all the individual events, points are accumulated for each and the rider who scores the most is the champ. Based off his results in all 4 races, Michael Sampson ended up 4th in the men’s competition. Buoyed by her win in the Dual Slalom, Brittany Clawson finished 2nd in the women’s competition. after a very consistent weekend, including a Bronze in the XC, Sofia Gomez Villafane brought home the 3rd stars and bars for FLC for the weekend, yes!
After Sunday’s 3 second places that means that the FLC Skyhawks won their 8th consecutive (and 18th overall) Mountain Bike team omnium title! The final tally was: Fort Lewis College-732, Marian University-658, Lee’s McRae-646. Next up on the Skyhawk schedule is preparation for Cyclocross Nationals in January, BMX Nationals in March and Road Nationals in May.
Another day of being up before the sun for the FLC Men endurance racers – the good thing is the sun actually came out today! The track was still covered in yesterdays snow when the men took off for 3 laps straight up the ski run at Beech. After the initial climb the course took off of for a couple sections of classic North Carolina singletrack, which is more roots than dirt. Then came a bomber of a downhill next to the uphill portion of the course that had berms and small tables perfect for the XCers. After a short 26 minute first lap the gang from CU held 3 of the first 4 positions with Werner of Lees McRae trying to keep tabs on them. Payson McElveen was the first FLC rider to cross the line with Stephan Davoust not far behind and Garrett Lundberg and Michael Sampson steadily moving up from back of the field start positions into the top 20. Lap two saw status quo with CU rider Chris Baddick and Werner with a small gap over the other two CU riders. Marian University cyclocross strongmen Josh and Andrew holding spots 5-6, another LMC rider in 7th and McElveen in 8th. Lundberg held his own while Davoust battled a broken pedal and Sampson was still picking riders off. The finish saw another win for CU on the weekend while Payson at one point had passed one of the Marian riders only to hit the deck in the very icy conditions – he finished 8th. Sampson went full throttle on the icy root sections to pass around 10 people to finish 10th. Davoust held on for 13th and Lundberg in for 19th.
But remember, it was snowing yesterday and sunny today and when the Division one women toed the line most riders were ready for the ground to thaw and conditions to get sloppy. That is exactly what they got for 2 laps of the course. The first lap saw yesterdays STXC winner Kate Courtney from Stanford in the lead but FLC’s defending champion Lauren Catlin was shadowing no more than 5 seconds behind with Rivera from Marian and Linnea from UW just ahead of Sofia from FLC. FLC’s Female DH champ from 2012 Brittany Clawson, who chose to ride both endurance events during the weekend was the next FLC rider through and Sage Kitson and Liz Schwab did battle to move up to be mid pack. The finish was much anticipated and the crowd was expecting a battle between Catlin and Courtney for the win and they did not disappoint with both riders coming down the final pitch together and Courtney had the position to take the win over Catlin – notable was the gap they had created to the next finsher. That finisher though brought a Bronze medal for FLC’s Sofia Gomez Villafane in a sprint win over the much lauded Rivera of Marian. Clawson fought hard for 23rd with Kitson just behind in 24th and Schwab overcoming mechanical problems for 27th.
What all that means in the team omnium competition is that the FLC men finished 4th as a team behind CU, LMC and Marian in that order. The Lady Skyhawks took the team win in the Women’s XC. Combined with yesterdays STXC results that put LMC in first, FLC in second and Marian in third with two events done and three to go.
Next up on the day was what FLC was waiting for – the Downhill. What was ice for the XC men in the morning that turned to slippery mud for the ladies had turned into peanut butter by the afternoon. The Skyhawk gravity squad had impressed throughout the RMCCC season and were waiting to spread there wings at Nats. After some solid qualifying runs the Division 1 men came down in a fastest to slowest fashion and 30 second intervals. Adam Digby held his 2nd place qualifying position only to lose by a too close 0.3 seconds to a local kid who had ridden the course 500 times in his life but bettering last years champ to take 2nd in the final. Zach Graveson was another hope for FLC but he layed it down in one section and lost the time that put him in 8th place. Both Brian White and Phil Cowan of FLC had uncharacteristic runs with a couple bobbles each and finished 20th and 31st respectively.
After the Division 2 men went by there was a small gap until the first of the D1 women started. The D2 men were glad they had a gap on the course as FLC’s Becky Gardner would have caughtand passed a few of them on the 3 minute course. Becky made the treacherous conditions seem like the river trail by floating down the course to win by 30 seconds! The biggest surprise, but really not that unexpected, for FLC was freshman Sage Kitson coming home in 5th place after competing in only 5 Downhill races ever before Nats. FLC’s women’s omnium hope Sofia had yet another clean but fast run to finish 7th, Meghan Kane riding with a healing separated shoulder impressively in 9th and last years champ from FLC, Brittany Clawson, riding without a back brake that failed at the start finishing 10th. Please notice that that is all 5 FLC women in the top 10 – wow!
What all that means in team omnium is the FLC gravity men finished 3rd as a team and the women won yet again. That puts FLC 32 points ahead of LMC and 80+ points ahead of Marin in the Team Omnium competition. Tomorrow brings the final two events for the weekend – the Team Relay at 11am and the Dual Slalom in the afternoon. Stayed tuned to the team page on facebook and be a twitter follower to get up to the minute updates on tomorrow’s racing action.
Fun stuff this Collegiate racing! The Skyhawks impressed today on the frozen slopes of Banner Elk, North Carolina with the team placing in the top 2, we think after the completion of todays short track competition. The Men toed the line first with a frosty 9am start time. Course was snow on grass conditions which lead to some amazing race action. The FLC Men where led by Freshman Stephan Davoust in 5th place, followed closely by Payson McElveen in 7th. Michael Sampson suffered a flat and managed to ride it out to a top 30 finish with teammate Garrett Lundberg following closely behind after a tough first lap of crashes and misfortunes. Team friend and fierce rival Sam Morrison for CU took the convincing win from the start. The A Women’s race was a highlight with Lauren Catlin, defending camp, taking 2nd after a tumultuous 20 minutes of back and forth for 2nd through 6th place. There was a shakeup on every lap and no one knew who would emerge for the podium finishes. Stanford’s Kate Courtney took the win and fellow Nor Cal high school league product Sofia Gomez Villafane of FLC in 6th. Defending downhill champ Brittany Clawson placed 13th working on her Omnium weekend and teammates Liz Schwab in 24th and Sage Kitson in 26th. The FLC ladies took the team win for the SHort Track to help us on our way to defending our title, 7 years running.
The Downhill qualifying was also today and the Skyhawks let it be known that downhill is our cup of tea. Strong times came from the ladies who went 1-2-5-11-15, leading the way was Becca Gardner with a time 24 seconds faster than teammate Brittany Clawson. Sofia was 5th and Sage was 10th with an amazing show in the popular rock garden where she miraculously passed 4 girls in a 40 foot stretch of slimy rocks. Megan Kane who placed 4th last year was 15th. Good stuff! The Men did well also with Adam Digby and Zach Graveson in the top 11. Results are still not out, but Brian White and Phil Cowan placed in the top 20. Michael Sampson finished just outside the qualifying number and will be ready for redemption in the cross country tomorrow and the dual slalom on sunday, as he is our Omnium male. Tomorrow is the cross country starting at 830am for the men, 1130am for the women and finishing the day with downhill finals at 2pm. Lets do this, Go Skyhawks!
Your FLC Skyhawks are all in in North Carolina for the Collegiate National Championships of Mountain Biking. We arrived late last night to frozen trees and super super cold breeze. This is not what we asked for but not a problem, the Skyhawks are prepared for anything. Highs in the mid 40’s for friday and that means frozen techy mud ruts, just what the doctor ordered! Today we had a chance to test the pain and it was not to harsh, as we have raced in the rowdy rocky mountains all September and October. Short Track begins at 830 for the A men and the A Women follow at 11. Lets do this!
The Hogsback descent remains one of the most legendary downhill thrill rides in Durango and in September, the Skyhawks set out to tame the beast.
Photos by FLC Freshman Connor Hodge.